International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Releases 2009 Statistics

Posted on August 13, 2010 | by

The latest global plastic surgery statistics were recently released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, after the organization received responses to surveys sent to more than 30,000 plastic surgeons in 25 countries.

Survey responses suggest that consumer demand for plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons remained high in 2009, despite widespread economic troubles. 

Last year, plastic surgeons in the U.S., Brazil and China performed more than 1 million procedures each, accounting for nearly half of the world’s plastic surgery procedures.  Several hundred thousand procedures were also performed by plastic surgeons in India, Japan and Mexico, however they made up a much smaller percentage of the total plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide in 2009.

Body contouring procedures were the most popular surgical treatments last year, with liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tuck topping the list. 

Eyelid surgery and nose surgery were also among the world’s most sought plastic surgery procedures in 2009, and close runners-up included breast reduction, breast lift and facelift procedures.  

Plastic surgeons performed more non-surgical injectable treatments than any other procedure last year, including:

Since the majority of the world’s plastic surgery procedures are performed by plastic surgeons that are most densely located in the U.S., China and Brazil, it should come as no surprise that the most frequently performed procedures in 2009 were favorites in these three countries. 

Survey results also confirmed the persistence of a gender bias that has existed in plastic surgery seemingly since its advent in finding that internationally, women choose to undergo procedures with plastic surgeons nearly six times as often as men.